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Pune trekker Bhagwan Chawale sees Everest smile in second attempt

Chawale, a development officer at the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Pune, had completed his basic mountaineering course from Jawahar institute of mountaineering, Pahalgam, in 2015. 

pune Updated: May 18, 2018 14:45 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
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City-based trekker Bhagwan Chawale.(HT PHoto)

City-based trekker Bhagwan Chawale, who had attempted a solo expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest in 2017, missed out the peak due to bad weather in the last patch. However, without losing hope, this year he managed to fulfil his dream. On Thursday morning, he scaled the world’s highest mountain (28,680ft).

“I was just 100-m away from the peak at the Hillary Step, but unfortunately was forced to return as the weather started becoming worse. Instead of foolishly risking my life, I decided to take a step back and try again. I had promised the Mt Chomolungma (Mt Everest) that I will come back and reach the peak. This time I am hoping to finish the incomplete task,” Chawale had said before leaving for the expedition.

The second climb he made in association with Pioneer Adventure Pvt Ltd, also played a role for Satara girl Priyanka Mohite, who scaled Mt Lhotse on Wednesday.

Bhagwan started his expedition on April 29, and completed acclimatization rotations till Camp 3. He also trekked to Kala Patthar (18,500ft) for training. He left base camp on May 13 and reached Camp 4 (South Col) on May 16. On May 17, he attempted for summit and in wee hours he fulfilled his dreams.

Chawale, a development officer at the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Pune, had completed his basic mountaineering course from Jawahar institute of mountaineering, Pahalgam, in 2015.

His previous Himalayan expedition includeStoke Kangri (20,182ft),Gholap Kangri (19,942ft) andBhagirathi 2 (21,359ft) in 2015 and Island peak (Nepal; 20,305ft) in 2016. In Sahyadri, he has climbed pinnacles like Vanarlingi, Vajir, Lingana and Tailbaila.

Pune’s tryst with Mt Everest

1998: Surendra Chavan became the first from city to scale the peak. He was among first civilian team from Maharashtra.

2009: Krushnaa Patil climbed the peak at the age of 19. That time she became the youngest Indian woman to do so. She is also the first civilian woman from Maharashtra too.

2012: 11 members of Pune’s Giripremi Institute climbed the peak on May 20. Sagarmatha Giryarohan Sanstha from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Giripremi from Pune separately planned their expeditions this year. By coincidence, both teams reached the summit the same day within a span of two hours.

2014: Kishor Dhankude climbed Mt Everest via the north ridge route

2016: Harshad Rao climbed peak in his solo expedition

2016: Pune constable couple Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod claimed to climb the highest peak but it turned out to be fake claim after investigation

First Published: May 18, 2018 14:33 IST